MAKE – WORD COLLOCATION

EXPRESSIONS WITH MAKE make a promise make a suggestion make a mistake / an error make amends make love make friends / enemies make peace / war make an effort make an excuse Word Collocation with Food make breakfast / lunch / dinner make some coffee / tea / pasta make a sandwich make a bite to eat Make – … Read More

GO / DO / PLAY (for sports)

GO + verb+ING go swimming go running / jogging go riding / cycling PLAY a game play tennis / squash play football play rugby We can use play for other games that aren’t sport like computer games, card games, ball games, party games. DO + activity do gymnastics do yoga do karate / tai chi / judo do ballet do … Read More

SIMILE: As Free as a Bird

As Free as a bird Simile Meaning: carefree, without problems, with no worries or cares or plans. Examples: What are you doing tomorrow? Nothing. I’m as free as a bird. He’s as free as bird.  He never worries about a thing.   Synonyms (other similes with the same meaning) As free as the wind As free as the smell of … Read More

CONFUSING WORDS: ROAD vs. STREET

Streets are found in towns, villages or cities.  As long as there are houses on the side of the road, you can refer to it as a street. The word road can be used for villages, towns and cities but also for roads in the countryside.  So, you can have a road in a village and a road in the … Read More

DISCOVER, FIND OUT, UNCOVER – WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

The difference between to discover and to find out is a fine one. DISCOVER Use the verb to discover to talk about information and things that are completely new.  You can also use discover if you are the first person to learn some new information. Examples: Captain Cook discovered Antarctica. Sir Alexander Fleming discovered Penicillin when he forgot to clean … Read More

CONFUSING WORDS: SAY vs. TELL

Say and Tell are often confused by English learners. The two words have a very similar meaning and function.  When in doubt, follow this general rule: SAY something (to someone) TELL someone (something) CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE EXERCISES WITH SAY AND TELL WHEN TO USE SAY Use SAY to report Example Sentences: He said, ‘I don’t know how to do it.’. He … Read More

TO MEET, TO KNOW, TO GET TO KNOW

TO MEET, TO KNOW, TO GET TO KNOW – WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? The verbs ‘to meet’ and ‘to know’ are often confused by foreign speakers of English.  The two verbs have different meanings in English and can be confusing if used incorrectly. TO MEET We use the verb to meet when: we are introduced to someone for the first time.  … Read More

SENSITIVE vs. SENSIBLE

When Should You Use Sensible and When Should You Use Sensitive? Sensible and sensitive are adjectives which are often confused by students of English.  The two words have distinct meanings in English and will often lead to confusion if used incorrectly. SENSIBLE Meaning:  able to use reason, logic and experience to make decisions and judgements; practical.    In English when … Read More

CONFUSING WORDS: REMEMBER VS REMIND

How to Remember the Difference Between Remember and Remind Simply put, ‘to remember’ is the opposite of ‘to forget’. ‘To remind’, on the other hand is to make sure that somebody else doesn’t forget something. Compare the following: Remember:  Remember to buy milk at the supermarket. Remind:  Please remind her to brush her teeth before she goes to bed. Remember:  … Read More

More uses of the verb SEE

However, SEE can also be used to mean ‘to meet’, ‘to date someone’. The meaning is different here and so, in these contexts, the verb SEE can also be used in the Progressive or Continuous Forms. For example: I’m seeing the doctor about my problem, next Tuesday. They have been seeing each other for some time now and I think … Read More